Louisville’s Austen Childs, Well Done

Give it up for Austen Childs, the University of Louisville tennis player who made to the national championship final in NCAA Tournament singles competition.

The U of L junior, who hails from New Zealand, was defeated 6-1 and 6-2 by Stanford’s Bradley Klahn in Monday’s title match.

Childs entered the tournament unseeded as the 19th-ranked player in the nation. After snapping a nine-match win streak with a loss to Tennessee’s top-ranked John-Patrick Smith in Louisville’s round-of-16 loss in the team championship, Childs opened the singles competition with five consecutive wins.

En route to his runner-up finish, he upset four higher-ranked opponents and avenged four prior losses along the way – including a first-round victory over Smith.

He returns for yet another season next year.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Louisville’s Austen Childs, Well Done

  • June 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm
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    Way to go, Austen. Now you know what it takes. Keep working hard and bring it home next year. Hopefully, beat Klahn next time around.

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